Sunday’s Six Things: Rankin/Bass, Snowden, holiday weight gain, etc.

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1.  Ever since my sister-in-law went home after our Thanksgiving feast and left behind the delicious half-eaten cakes and pies she'd baked, I've been struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Surely an attitude adjustment was in order.  My plan?  To hell with health during the holidays, let's just watch the calorie count.  For instance, I skipped the egg and wheat toast for breakfast and just had the pumpkin pie I was going to eat afterwards anyway (plenty of fiber in pumpkin).  Why have a … [Read more...]

Wednesday thoughts on comfort and joy

I seek out comfort and joy as much as the next person, especially during the holiday season.  I can’t help it.  I grew up Catholic and went to Catholic schools.  In addition to the ritual of Andy Williams, Mom drinking eggnog, Christmas Eve tree decorating, Charlie Brown, and putting the baby Jesus in our crèche next to the fireplace on December 25th, we had the church.  My mother always sent out cards of the Mother and Child because she never wanted to get far away from what Christmas was … [Read more...]